It’s almost July, which means we have pretty much hit the half point on the calendar year. Though the summer movie season isn’t over and usually the best films come out during the fall awards season, there have been plenty of films to go around in terms of quality, sheer entertainment and successful storytelling. There have also been other films that really know how to suck the life out of its viewers, and so, without further ado, here are the Superlatives for the films of 2012 (just for the first half of the year)… there’s got to be a better way of writing that.
*Note: Some films still have not yet been seen…
The Most Amazing Film When Watched for the First Time, but then Isn’t So Great the Second:
The excitement over this movie was so great, and it truly delivered the first time you watched it. Midnight showing, ecstatic crowd, true submersion into the film. I geeked out really bad after this movie, thinking that is could be one of the greats. Then I watched it for the second time with my girlfriend, and wow, I was surprised how bored I was throughout the movie. To The Avengers defense, my all time favorite films are the ones that I can watch over and over again and still love and adore (a la Pulp Fiction, The Social Network), but man, it really lost its mojo after the first viewing. I went back and watched it for a third time coming to a conclusion that I rather fall asleep than watch this movie again. No doubt it’s a good super hero movie, but it is at its best when you watch it just once. Good Job Avengers!
The Best Channing Tatum Film of 2012:
21 Jump Street!
It is officially the year of Channing Tatum. I mean, who knew the white guy who can dance from Step Up and the white guy from the worst titled film of all time (Fighting) would eventually become a huge star. Yes he’s jacked and has a face but there are plenty of actors who have those similar traits. So what’s the difference? I have no clue. Maybe it’s cause he’s also a white boy who can play basketball? Anywho, he’s had a pretty big year so far and it’s only getting bigger (no pun intended) with his new film Magic Mike coming out (review coming soon) directed by the great Steven Soderbergh. Besides all the stripping and unconvincing romances he’s in, I think we’ve finally seen where he is at best. Vulgar and brash comedies. 21 Jump Street was not only one of the funniest films of the year, it is one of the best films of the year period. Jonah Hill helps, but who know playing an idiot would be such a comfortable character for him. Probably a lot of research. All jokes aside, 21 Jump Street is well written, high energy film that is fun, fast pace and hilarious that lasts for hours (I’m done…).
The Worst Ending Known To Mankind:
The Devil Inside Me! (Congrats!) No poster needed.
No, I didn’t pay to watch this movie, but I heard rumors about the ending and it’s thrashing from audiences, so I checked it out, and it was every bit terrible and probably one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen. Pretty much, the ending is not part of the film. The film ends as a message to the audience to go watch the ending on the internet where it provides a url site (thank goodness they provided that though). Throughout the blogosphere, everyone was complaining and disowning the movie, and with this tactic, yeah, they deserve it. But let’s be real, if you paid a full admission ticket for The Devil Inside Me, you got what was coming.
The Best Film(s) That Provides the Fact That Teens Are Stupid as Hell:
Tie: Chronicle & Project X
The thing about this superlative is that I actually really liked Chronicle. It was one of the better found footage films that we’ve been slapped across the face with, and I really thought they did an excellent job selling us these kids who empower telekinesis-like abilities. On the other hand, Project X was one of those films that try to sell itself on booze, drugs, sex and girls and make us believe that this is an experience of a film. And unfortunately, it sold well. But in the end, if I’ve learned anything is that teenagers shouldn’t be given any power and responsibility because either they are going to destroy to city of Seattle or have midgets trapped in the oven. Either way, their useless. (Maybe the teens could’ve called themselves the Super Sonics…)
The Most Unnecessary Use of a Shaky Camera:
The Hunger Games!
I actually really liked The Hunger Games so don’t take this as a negative review or opinion. But when I took my sister to watch this film, she puked. We sat in the back too just to make sure she didn’t puke…she puked. A lot of others complained about its ridiculous cinematography and without disagreeing, it was a little much. I thought it worked well for some of the themes and specific attitudes for the film, but it started to feel like Michael J. Fox decided to take a try at being director of photography…(sorry). Nonetheless, it was a great film and I actually liked the shakiness, but still, when you get someone to vomit, it definitely has to have some sort of honors.
The Best Film I Haven’t Seen Yet:
I haven’t seen this film yet, I really want to, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it. Now only if I could…
The Best Film of 2012…So Far:
You can read the review (just scroll down) which means I don’t have reiterate my love for this movie. It’s just great. Everything works. The cast works so well. There’s clear direction and purpose, and we are taken for the most enjoyable film of this year. Other films that were considered were The Hunger Games, Chronicle and Prometheus (but I thought I would get murdered for saying that…).
The Worst Film of 2012…So Far, But It’ll Probably Stay Here For The Entire Year:
The Lucky One!
Oh gosh, this was an excruciating train wreck to sit through. I made a deal with my girlfriend to watch this movie, and I actually still consider Zac Efron somewhat of a decent actor (I may get murdered for this over liking Prometheus) but this was just awful. Besides his inability to deliver simple dialogue, I had no clue what the freak was going on! All I knew was that Efron’s character liked to go on walks, the little sensitive boy played the violin, but not in public, because he’s sensitive, oh, he also has a tree house that he runs to (even during a thunderstorm next to a river…), the woman is a cougar, Efron is the cougar’s prey, and the mother from Meet The Parents is there. Sounds like a good book to read to people who are deaf. Oh wait, it actually is a book. Look, I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks book, but I hope they’re nowhere near as bad as his films translate to because this is pretty terrible stuff. Efron considers himself as the lucky one, but all that witnessed this film and paid for it truly was unlucky. But I wouldn’t mind a High School Musical 4.
Here’s to a better and grander second half. It’s going to be a very exciting finish.
Oh, and here’s one more superlative.
The Best Scene of 2012: